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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to shopping. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about shopping.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about shopping, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Teeny Weeny Bop to popular sellers like Llama Llama Mad at Mama to some of our favorite hidden gems like Chimpanzees for Tea!.

We hope this list of kids books about shopping can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Chimpanzees for Tea!
Written & illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A silly, fun version of the game “telephone”—in which a grocery list committed to memory goes playfully awry.

One day, Vincent’s mother asks him to go to the store to pick up a few items: “a bunch of carrots, a box of rice, some China tea, a big, firm pear, and a tin of peas” to be precise. “And hurry home in time for tea!” she says. Sounds easy enough.

Yet distractions are at every turn, causing havoc with Vincent’s memory. All of a sudden, a tin of peas is replaced by a trapeze; a big, firm pear becomes a big furry bear; and a box of rice transforms into a box of mice!

Needless to say, Vincent’s mother is in for quite a surprise.

Told with a playful rhythm for reading aloud and illustrated with exuberance and great child appeal, this humorous picture book will have kids laughing and asking for repeated readings.

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Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Yucky music, great big feet. Ladies smelling way too sweet. Look at knees and stand in line. Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

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Maisy Goes Shopping
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

More for Maisy fans! In Maisy Goes Shopping, Charley and our favorite mouse make a trip to the grocery store to buy lots of goodies for lunch. Wherever they go and whatever they do, Lucy Cousins’s lovable characters are a delight.

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My New Shoes
Written by Leilani Sparrow & illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Get ready to buy some new shoes in this fun follow-up to My First Day, now available as a board book! My feet are growing. What great news! It’s time to buy a pair of shoes. In this simple introduction to buying a new pair of shoes, a little bear shops for shoes with his dad. He gets his feet measured and imagines all the different sorts of shoes people buy, such as sneakers, high heels, rain boots, sandals, light-up shoes, even shoes that look like sharks! This follow-up to the well-received My First Day is filled with short, fun, and rhyming text with lots of rhythm and adorable animal characters to share in the experience.

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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Written by Katherine Applegate & illustrated by Mr. G. Brian Karas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla. Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact. This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.

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  • Amy on Park Patrol - Learning that a nearby park is about to be turned into a shopping center, Amy races against time to save the recreation center and the animal friends who live there.

  • The High Street - Young readers can help Sally find what she needs on her shopping trip, including roller skates, a cockatoo, and a cherry tart, by searching through fold-out pages showcasing the different stores on High Street.

  • Something Good - Tyya is grocery shopping with her dad, but he's not letting her pick any of the good stuff like cookies, ice cream, or candies. When she holds still and is mistaken for the best, most lifelike doll in the supermarket, an argument at the till leads her dad to buy something good after all.

  • On Market Street - Have you ever seen a man dressed entirely in playing cards? Or a girl wearing a lollipop dress? Then take a stroll through a most unusual market in this Caldecott Honor Book created by Anita Lobel and Arnold Lobel. Here is a world of wonders, from A to Z. Inspired by seventeenth-century French trade engravings, Anita Lobel’s brilliant paintings of the shopkeepers on Market Street—each composed of his or her wares—will provide blissful hours for all who join the Lobels on an unforgettable shopping spree. “In a delightful and unusual book, a boy trots down Market Street buying presents for a friend, each one starting with a letter of the alphabet. Every letter is illustrated by a figure ingeniously composed of, for instance, apples or wigs or quilts. The notion is original, and the sum total enjoyable and unique.”—The Horn Book A Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book for Illustration Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners
Written by Judy Sierra & illustrated by Tim Bowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A little girl is shopping in a grocery store when–surprise!–she meets a dinosaur. Don’t worry. The dinosaur is very friendly. She’s polite, too. In this funny story, told in lilting read-aloud rhyme, the girl has numerous opportunities to be helpful to the clumsy shopping dino and demonstrate when to say “thank you,” “excuse me,” “I’m sorry,” “You’re welcome,” and other niceties of life. Tim Bowers’s whimsical illustrations bring an extra dimension of fun to Judy Sierra’s hilarious picture book fantasy. Altogether, <i>Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur</i> is an entertaining and painless way to show preschoolers why basic manners are a good thing to have.

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Katie's New Shoes
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie’s toes are feeling very squished in her old shoes. It’s time to shop for some new ones! She’s looking for just the right pair. They must have lots of pizzazz to be perfect for Katie.

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The Wrench
Written & illustrated by Elise Gravel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Bob’s tricycle is broken and he needs a wrench to fix it. He ventures out to buy one at the Megamart, where slick salesman, Mr. Mart, convinces Bob that it’s not a wrench he needs, but a fridge hat…singing pajamas…a screaming machine! Bob spends all his money on things that he really doesn’t need and before he knows it has no money and no wrench.
Lively illustrations and quirky hand-lettering make The Wrench a delight to read while also conveying an important message about consumerism and excess.

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Katie Woo Where Are You?
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie and her parents are off to the mall for a day of shopping. While her mom looks for a new dress, her dad is checking out the lawn mowers and televisions. And Katie is nowhere to be found. Does Katie even know that she’s lost?

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Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert
Written by Stacy McAnulty & illustrated by Deborah Hocking
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Max's hilarious guide to the grocery store turns an everyday errand into an adventure.
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  • Teeny Weeny Bop - Teeny Weeny Bop has found a gold coin. Her luck is made; she’ll buy a pet pig! But while she sleeps, the pig destroys the garden! Teeny needs a better pet–she’s going to trade her pig for a cat. The cat destroys the living room!

  • Spot Goes Shopping - Grocery shopping is a treat with Spot! Spot is helping his mom shop at the grocery store. He gets to have his very own shopping cart, and helps pick out the cheese, eggs, cereal, and juice. His mom may even have a tasty surprise for him since he helped out so well!

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